Jim Schwartz refuses to address report on his quarterback

If standings were kept for those who do the best to control the information, maybe the Detroit Lions and coach Jim Schwartz would be a winning combination.

As it stands, the Lions remain the opposite of that.

But Schwartz did his best to keep a lid on the health of his often-injured quarterback this morning when making a radio appearance in Detroit. Tom “Killer” Kowalski reported that Matthew Stafford suffered a Grade 3 separation of his right throwing shoulder and will likely be out for the remainder of the season.

Schwartz refused to address that report.

“We don't share results of MRIs or anything else with members of the media or anybody else other than the player and the staff here,” Schwartz said. “Matt wasn't able to finish the game; he was very sore, and we'll get him back on the field as soon as we can. And that's been our approach with reporting injuries from the very beginning.”

The bottom line is Stafford already missed five games this season with a Grade 2 separation of the same shoulder, and Lions fans should not expect him back on the field any time soon. It’s the fourth injury for the No. 1 overall pick from last season and reason enough to consider him brittle.

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